Posted By Brother Vince on October 20, 2010
It is interesting to know for all the Filipinos that the Philippine country is prophetically mentioned in the Bible. The Bible foretold that somewhere in the East will give glory to the Lord in the islands of the sea.
In the book of Isaiah 24:15 reads “Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; exalt the name of the LORD, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea” (NIV).
In the year 1521, Spanish and Portuguese explorer headed by Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the country and landed the seashore of Limasawa in the Philippine Island.
Before the arrival of the Spanish explorer, native people of the land were low profile and politically unstable that the Spanish are looking into that as an advantage for them to convert the people to Christianity by Roman Catholicism. Spanish were able to convert the native people of the land except the Muslim Sultanates that continuously opposed against the colonial rule from 1521 – 1898.
Most Filipinos and historians believed that the prophecy of the Bible was fulfilled by the coming of the Spaniards and Christianizing the indigenous people in the land. From that time the Philippines was recognized as the only Christian in Pacific archipelago covering East Asia that qualifies of fulfilling the prophecy in the book of Isaiah 24:15.
That is exactly what is mentioned in the history and research books based on the findings of historian and archeologist that the Philippines is the only country in the east with multitude of islands and the only Christian country in East Asia.
Moreover, this article will present the biblical facts how the Philippines fulfill the prophecy in the book of Isaiah chapter 24.
First, we will establish the concrete background of Christianity from the Bible and then let us glance how Christianity arrived in the Philippine Country in the Far East of Asia.
In the Bible we would learned where Christianity started and how first believers of Jesus Christ becomes Christian.
In the book of Acts 11:26 we will notice that Christianity started in Antioch where disciples are called the first Christian in Antioch. Originally, the Christian disciples in Antioch were the Christian Jews converted during the time when believers from Jerusalem were scattered abroad because of the persecution that arose about Stephen (Acts 11:19).
Christians are the people called by God unto Him as congregation or a Church. The Church was built upon the rock by Jesus Christ himself (Matthew 16:18), and the Church of Jesus Christ was established in Jerusalem (Acts 8:1, 11:22).
With the preceding information regarding the Church and the first Christian believers in the Bible, we have now the basis of considering our claimed as Christian if it is in accordance to the Christian faith and belief of the first Christian in Antioch and of the believers in the Church of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.
Going back to the main subject of this article on how the Philippine becomes eligible to fulfill the prophecy of Christianity in the country.
Knowing first that genuine Christians were from Jerusalem (Acts 8:1, 11:22), as a Church built upon the rock by our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18). They were called Christians after the name Christ. This is because, beginning from Jerusalem, repentance and remission of sins should be preached in the name Jesus Christ (Luke 24:47). This is the reason we are called Christian because we put the name Christ up to ourselves.
Christians from Jerusalem were witnesses of Jesus Christ both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8) and surely this includes the Philippines.
The reason why God allows the persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem that even they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria (Acts 8:1) so that they will preach the gospel all over the world including the Philippines.
Now, we knew that all Apostles of Jesus Crist were all dead. They could not able to arrive to the Philippines to preach the WHOLE TRUTH of Christianity.
Don’t worry! We have answers from the bible. Yes! They were all dead long time ago without reaching the Philippines to preach the whole truth of Christianity.
But here is the biblical answer.
The Apostles were put in trust of the gospel (1Thessalonians 2:4), therefore God called every believers by the gospel brought to you by the Apostles (2Thessalonians 2:14). Paul is an apostle to the gentiles (1Timothy 2:7, 2Timothy 1:11, Romans 11:13) teaching the gentiles by word of the mouth when he was still alive, and when he was dead he taught by letter (2Thessalonians 2:15). This is through the Bible. That’s why Paul was the apostle who has contributed most of the New Testament writings in the Bible.
Now, genuine faith of Christianity arrived in the Philippines by means of no other way but by the Apostolic Doctrine based on Bible alone. We will not trust anybody when it comes to spiritual belief. The Bible warns everyone by saying “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man” (Jeremiah 17:5). As far as SALVATION is concerned, we cannot trust it to anybody. Only Apostles were the people allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel (1Thessalonians 2:4).
The only way to make our faith sure and genuine is to make sure that our faith is based on Jerusalem Christians. Other faith than the faith of Jerusalem Christian believers is bogus and useless.
We will not deviate from whatever doctrine taught by Jerusalem Christians. If they taught water baptism in a manner of immersion under water in the name of Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38), we must follow the same procedure. If they taught repentance (Luke 13:3,5) before water baptism, we do it the same. If they taught baptism of the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:5, 2:38, 10:47, 11:16), we must believe it. If they taught One Lord, one faith, one baptism (Ephesians 4:5) we must follow it. Why will you make our own version of salvation? Are you better than the Apostles and early Christians from Jerusalem? Please don’t compromise your salvation by foreign and none-Biblical teaching.
As gentiles, God appointed Apostle Paul to preacher and teacher to the gentiles (1Timothy 2:7, 2Timothy 1:11, Romans 11:13).
No matter how good it seems to be the gospel of the deceiver, we still cling to the truth of the Bible. Even if an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the gospel from the Apostles, let him be eternally condemned (Galatians 1:8). With this verse we are warned not to accept whatever gospel brought by anyone.
Philippines country becomes a Christian nation not because of the Spanish explorer. Yes I admit that Catholic Christian was the first Christian religion of the country and the reason to become a Christian nation in the whole Pacific archipelago covering East Asia. But Roman Catholicism is just a stepping stone to the FULL Truth of Christianity.
Full TRUTH of Christianity is based on the Bible by means of the Apostles and not by Ferdinand Magellan and Catholic priests because priest was cut off (Hosea 4:6) and given to the Five Fold Ministry (Ephesians 4:11).
This is how the Philippines fulfill the biblical prophecy in the book of Isaiah 24:15 and became a Christian country of the Far East Asia.
So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter (2Thessalonians 2:15).
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